IMAGE: Dana Nessel

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wants the Public Service Commission to keep ratepayers in mind while assessing the state's energy needs and resources.

Nessel's office says comments she filed last week with the commission express serious concerns about customers' ability to afford utility service and the quality of the service.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had asked for the assessment in the wake of the frigid temperatures and the disruption in availability of natural gas Jan. 30-31. The commission concluded that Michigan's energy supply and delivery systems are adequate but in need of improvements.

Nessel urges that the commission consider affordability in all recommendations and not preordain particular outcomes without the appropriate review and examination by interested parties in cases before the commission.

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